Richard Sanders is a researcher/writer/activist who has engaged full-time in the peace movement since 1984 when he escaped academia with an MA in cultural anthropology. His efforts to debunk Canada’s peace mythology began when coordinating Ottawa’s Peace Resource Centre, producing a community anti-war radio program for almost 20 years, and being a local organizer with the Alliance for Nonviolent Action. In late 1988, he founded the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT.ncf.ca). Its initial disARMX campaign, which included a conference, public inquiry, and march/rally of several thousand, precipitated Ottawa’s 20-year ban on arms bazaars. Richard Sanders will be speaking at No War 2020, World BEYOND War's conference in Ottawa in May which will be part of an effort to shut down CANSEC, the latest giant weapons show in Ottawa.